The first Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference (DebtCon) was launched at the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) in January 2016. Its mission is to engage scholars and practitioners across geographic, disciplinary, and institutional boundaries to help solve pressing sovereign debt problems. DebtCon brings cutting-edge research to bear on policy and market practice, and helps make research more impactful with exposure to real-world policy and market experience.

In 2022, DebtCon will return in person as DebtCon5 at the European University Institute from 25 – 27 May. Leading up to DebtCon5, two virtual programs are being held on May 4 and May 11. Please here register for the May 4 program and find more details here.

Since 2019, DebtCon has been part of the Sovereign Debt Forum, a collaboration among IIEL, Queen Mary University London and the European University Institute, to encourage and disseminate policy-relevant research, and help improve government debt management capacity, particularly in vulnerable economies.

Past DebtCon Events


Recognizing the need for creative, research-based solutions, a group of leading academic and policy institutions from around the world co-hosted a virtual Distributed Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference—D-DebtCon—in nine countries, spanning five continents, from September 7th through September 18th, 2020. Watch the full event here.

DebtCon, DebtCon2, DebtCon3

Past DebtCon programs in Washington and Geneva may be found here.